CCP gives blessing to EVE Online economy attack

CCP is allowing a large-scale, economy-wrecking campaign to go forward in EVE Online tomorrow, claiming that intervening would go against their game's principles.

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You might think that after building a persistent world with its own complex infrastructure that has been active for 10 years, CCP would frown on players making an overt, planned attempt to wreck EVE Online's economy. You might think that, but you'd be wrong.

It's going to be "absolutely brilliant," senior producer Jon Lander said.

The "Burn Jita" action is scheduled to begin tomorrow, just as The Mittani (player Alexander Gianturco) has his ban lifted, reports Eurogamer. Gianturco was the head of the Council of Stellar Management, and recently endured a suspension for encouraging the community to grief a suicidal player. Some players have reportedly jumped the gun with skirmishes on the region, but 14,000 Thrasher ships are preparing for the Mittani's GoonSwarm assault.

So how does this impact the economy? Jita happens to be the central hub of the in-game economy. Players are nervous about what it may do to their virtual cash, but CCP has promised not to get involved -- other than swapping some servers to make sure Jita can handle the increased workload.

"They're going to do exactly what you're able to do in the game, and people will have to roll with it," said Lander. "The worst thing we could do is to stop it from happening. It would be appalling for the game. It would be against everything we stand for."

Lead game designer Kristoffer Touborg suggests that the move will cause short-term pain, but could actually be good in the long-term. By shaking up the ones who control the industrial power, they'll have to start from the bottom and new power players could emerge. He calls it a "healthy" move for the game.

"Do you want to play a 15-minute match of Call of Duty that you won't remember the next day, or do you want to spend four months manufacturing 14,000 Thrashers to do this?" Touborg said. "It's just so big and awesome."

It's all a virtual currency, but it's a complex economy nonetheless. You might call this an experiment with the extremely open market, so expect to see a few Thrasher ships named after Ron Paul.

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    April 27, 2012 9:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, CCP gives blessing to EVE Online economy attack.

    CCP is allowing a large-scale, economy-wrecking campaign to go forward in EVE Online tomorrow, claiming that intervening would go against their game's principles.

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      April 27, 2012 9:37 AM

      This is why EvE is so damn awesome!

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      April 27, 2012 9:44 AM

      I would like to know more ... more history & more of what happens.

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        April 27, 2012 10:13 AM

        why is Jita so important?

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          April 27, 2012 10:15 AM

          It's the main market hub for game. There are other systems that have pretty decent markets overall but nothing comes close to the volume of trading that takes place in Jita.

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            April 27, 2012 10:22 AM

            if I understand though, it is an NPC owned system? Who is this really hurting?

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              April 27, 2012 10:27 AM

              They are destroying massive amounts of player wealth by blowing up transports full of expensive goods.

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              April 27, 2012 10:28 AM

              I don't think the system owner is the issue, but the impact of what essentially would become an all out war in the heart of Wall Street, imposing trade embargoes and killing stockbrokers on sight. The value of resources, if I understand supply and demand correctly, will get all kinds of fucked up and traders will have to move to other systems to do business.

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                April 27, 2012 10:31 AM

                Depending on how long it goes on they could lock a lot of resources up in the system.

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              April 27, 2012 12:29 PM

              It's meant to hurt everyone. Jita is the one stop shop for everything. It's like the supermarket of the universe. What they are doing is blowing up all the freighters trying to move goods in and out of there, sabotaging the market.

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              April 27, 2012 1:28 PM

              we fucking pirate camp, and suicide kill their assets. =D

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      April 27, 2012 10:41 AM

      Reading about eve is more fun than playing

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        April 27, 2012 10:57 AM

        Haha yeah it is. :D

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          April 27, 2012 11:10 AM

          This makes me want to subscribe. But you are correct reading about it is interesting. It just takes so long to get to do anything of importance in that game.

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            April 27, 2012 11:31 AM

            It does take time, but if you train right, you can get places and do things decently enough. Especially if you make some friends along the way and gang up. I've gotten into diving into Worm Holes and raking in the ISK. Find an empty one, a quiet one, or if you can't be arsed to scan for hours one that's occupied and burn anyone in your way, and make hundreds of millions of ISK in an evening flying a Drake and Osprey(easy to train ships). Just know that you will, eventually, get pod'd.

            Rule 1 of Eve - Don't fly anything you can't afford to replace.

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        April 27, 2012 12:23 PM

        pretty much lol

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          April 27, 2012 11:14 PM

          Best EVE blog ever. RIP Spectre :/

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        April 27, 2012 4:27 PM

        Yeah, I played for a month and it just got boring. But I love these stories.

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      April 27, 2012 12:16 PM

      Awesome and good on CCP

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      April 27, 2012 12:21 PM

      Haha awesome. So, I haven't logged into Eve in ages, but does this mean my merchant PC might want to log into Jita and see if he can find any, shall we say, market inefficiencies?

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        April 27, 2012 1:31 PM

        If you can sell a buncha tornado's I would to that. I'm watching some streams and this guy keeps losing tornados, buying more and getting right back out there.

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      April 27, 2012 1:26 PM

      A forest fire of renewal, this is going to be brilliant.

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      April 27, 2012 1:33 PM

      Can I pilot a stealth salvage vehicle with super speed but not much space to suck up the fat loots undetected?

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        April 27, 2012 1:39 PM

        If you show up after the fights and can cloak up before concord gets you for stealing cans

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          April 27, 2012 3:48 PM

          Concord doesn't concern itself with thieves. They just mark you as free game for whom you've stolen from.

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            April 27, 2012 4:35 PM

            Oh the new crime watch is in place? awesome!

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      April 27, 2012 3:59 PM

      Oh god I forgot to update my training queueuuee

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      April 27, 2012 4:15 PM

      This is fucking awesome. Where can I read more Eve stories? I love this shit.

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      April 27, 2012 4:19 PM

      So, Goonfleet has been preparing for this since Mittani got banned four months ago? Did they disagree with the ban, or is this just for the lulz? Seems like a lot of effort, but I don't dislike what they're doing on the face of it, and when you've got the biggest space penis in town, you might as well swing it.

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        April 27, 2012 4:38 PM

        He was banned last month. It was a crappy ban and he apologized. This is to change the status quo in the game up a bit. HS is too comfortable for a lot of players.

        They've been planning on wreaking havoc on the markets since last year when they attacked ice mining, shooting the cost of fuel way up for those with Gallente player owned stations. Those stations also offer the most bang for your R&D buck so it hurt quite a bit.

        I think that was them testing the waters for this.

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        April 27, 2012 4:52 PM

        This all seemed awesome till I read the article and it's all coming based on this asshole that was griefing a suicidal player. I'm assuming they mean real life suicidal, and he was basically trying to push him over the edge? Or am I getting this all wrong?

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          April 27, 2012 11:27 PM

          no, that sounds about right for goons. the idea of tragedy or any sort of seriousness (specifically the kind that is perceived as being some sort of self-inflicted or mock tragedy/seriousness) on the internet is so offensive to many them that they do their best to stamp it out via ridicule and harassment.

          and to be fair the internet is a pretty poor venue for the kind of behavior they dislike.

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          April 28, 2012 12:52 AM

          This has been in the works for 3-4 months, so I'd say it precedes that incident. Not that such behavior (taunting someone in personal distress) is cool, but I think Jita is unconnected to that.

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      April 27, 2012 11:21 PM

      Red Vs. Blue is planning to do something to response to the Goons, but I doubt they'll mobilize enough manpower to make a dent.

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      April 28, 2012 11:43 PM

      This is honestly the coolest sounding thing I've heard happen in an MMO, and I think it's awesome the game devs are letting it flow. A group of people being responsible for a major universe altering event?

      Super cool. I don't think any other MMO is capable of saying that any such thing has occurred within its gamespace.

      The only thing remotely comparable is back when I used to play Silkroad Online, I remember going on some massive trade runs with a guild from a major town to another one, and having that feeling of seeing more advanced players with wicked cool mounts and having high level hunters guard you on a major silkroad trade endeavor.

      It was great, but I don't think it's 10000 ships great. Have fun to everyone participates!

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        April 29, 2012 10:36 PM

        that one dude killed Lord British. In you UO could wipe out a town loot all the gold and in sa sense "spawn kill" newbies.

        you could take over an entire town before they fixed it.

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      May 2, 2012 8:31 AM

      Yeah i believe they love it those CCP clan. They higher the price on the market the more they earn $$$. Bad idea of that guy.

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